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Afghanistan’s stability: Iran seen as key player

Afghanistan’s stability: Iran seen as key player

Apr 09, 2017 - 11:44

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Iran can play a key part in neighbouring Afghanistaninfo-icon’s political and economic stability in a variety of ways, an Indian expert has said.

A research associate at the New Delhi-based think tank “Societyinfo-icon for Policy, Chayanika Saxena said in interview on Sunday Iran had hosted millions of refugees from Afghanistan.

At another level, she told IRNA, the Gulf country was apparently part of the global coalition that was supporting the Afghan-led resistance against the Talibaninfo-icon

Saxena called Iran's Chabahar port an important port connecting Afghanistan to the open seas and thus stabilising its economy. Previously, the Bandar Abbas port provided Afghanistan access to open seas.

Chabahar will link Afghanistan and the Central Asian Caucuses to India and other South Asian nations, bypassing Pakistaninfo-icon, which has often been blamed for aiding Taliban and impeding transit trade with the war-hit neighbour.

“Connected further through land routes to Afghanistan and given its strategic and economic significance, completion of the Chabahar Port will not only benefit Afghanistan, but also Iran and India.” she remarked.

Despite its exclusion from international negotiations on Afghanistan, Iran along with India had always supported stability in the Central Asian country, the analyst added.

The invitation extended to Iran to join the six-nation talks on Afghanistan in Russia was also indicative of Tehran’s rising influence in the region, Saxena argued.

'With another round of Russia-led talks due on April 14, the Central Asian nations will be the newest addition to the existing lot of six. Russia’s invitation to the Central Asian republics derives from its own strategic interest in the Caucuses apart from the obvious threat that the debilitating situation in Afghanistan poses to them.

“The US, on the other hand, has refused to share the table of talks with these member-nations, alleging instead of the involvement of the Russians in arming the Taliban insurgency,” the researcher said.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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